As vital as discovering out who the breakout gamers in fantasy football shall be is understanding which gamers to keep away from. These 20 draft killers are gamers to keep away from entering 2022.
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Brady had a busy offseason, retiring and unretiring, as he tries to win one more Super Bowl. Some of his supporting forged has modified, with Rob Gronkowski gone, and new head coach Todd Bowles may take a extra conservative strategy on offense than Bruce Arians. With the added doubts about Chris Godwin’s well being entering the season, Brady has loads going in opposition to him to match his current historical past.
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Conner had a breakout season with Arizona, making the Pro Bowl with over 1,100 yards from scrimmage and 18 touchdowns. He may very well be set for a good larger workload with Chase Edmonds out of the image, although the damage historical past suggests Conner is a serious threat to repeat. Last season was solely the first time he is performed 15 video games, and he is been injured each season of his profession with out having a bell-cow position.
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Cooper was shipped away from Dallas to turn into the Browns No. 1 wideout. He confirmed some slight decline in current seasons and would take a good larger hit if Deshaun Watson is suspended for his off-field troubles. The extra conservative Cleveland offense additionally comes as a drawback.
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Baltimore has a bevy of operating backs on the roster after an injury-ravaged 2021 season, together with a season-ending damage for Dobbins. While he is thought of the lead again with a prime 50 common draft place, Dobbins has loads of competitors in what may very well be one other committee that features Gus Edwards, Mike Davis, and rookie Tyler Badie.
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Elliott is a celebrity, however at this level, his identify outweighs his manufacturing. He’s averaged round 4 yards per carry over the final two seasons and wanted all 17 video games to achieve 1,000 yards speeding final 12 months. Tony Pollard has been a extra productive runner than Elliott lately and will finally exchange him.
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Fields’ versatility as a runner makes him an intriguing fantasy possibility, however the Bears have not performed him any favors. They did not improve the offensive line, and likewise did not add a star addition at wideout after dropping Allen Robinson. Fields is about up for failure as soon as once more.
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Jacobs has by no means fulfilled the hype as a former first-round choose, averaging solely 4.2 yards per carry over his first three seasons. New head coach Josh McDaniels has no incentive to stay with Jacobs, contemplating he did not draft the operating again, and the former Pats assistant has additionally proven a penchant for throwing the ball. There are huge dangers for Jacobs in his stroll 12 months.
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Jeudy is a well-liked sleeper with the addition of Russell Wilson, doubtlessly taking pictures his identify up on draft boards. However, the wideout has seen his fair proportion of struggles in two seasons and may very well be the Broncos No. 3 receiving possibility if Tim Patrick continues to provide. Drafted as a prime 70 choose, Jeudy is not price the value.
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Jones had an amazing rookie season, although he nonetheless wasn’t greater than a backup in fantasy football. That’s unlikely to alter after an offseason wherein the Patriots have been largely stagnant on offense, failing so as to add any big-time weapons past DeVante Parker. The lack of coordinator Josh McDaniels and lack of a confirmed alternative additionally hurts.
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Metcalf confirmed main regression final season with Russell Wilson lacking important time. After ending with over 1,300 yards in 2020, he did not crack 1,000 yards final season. The present quarterback duo of Geno Smith and Drew Lock does not go away a lot motive for optimism, however Metcalf’s draft inventory remains to be that of a celebrity.
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Mitchell was a shock breakout participant in his rookie season, rising as San Francisco’s beginning again and accumulating 100 yards per sport. He enters the 12 months as the group’s main ball provider, but when the historical past of Kyle Shanahan has proven us something, it is that operating backs are replaceable. The group drafted Tyrion Davis-Price in the third spherical, and likewise nonetheless have Jeff Wilson, Trey Sermon, and JaMycal Hasty on the roster. Many a fantasy supervisor has been burned drafting the highest-priced Shanahan operating again, and that would occur once more in 2022.
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Patterson was one among the biggest surprises of 2021, changing into Atlanta’s prime operating again with over 1,100 yards from scrimmage. He’s tops on the depth chart once more, nevertheless it’s loads to ask for a repeat in his age 31 season and after the lack of Matt Ryan.
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Renfrow may very well be the lasting holdover of the Jon Gruden period after signing a contract extension. He’s coming off a breakout 12 months with 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and 9 touchdowns, however a lot of that manufacturing got here after the Raiders minimize Henry Ruggs and Darren Waller was injured. With the addition of Davante Adams and a wholesome Waller, Renfrow needs to be again in his complementary position.
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James Robinson, RB, Jaguars
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Robinson has been a revelation for the Jags in his first two NFL seasons, although he is additionally missed time to accidents. Jacksonville now has a brand new teaching employees, and Robinson may very well be set to lose enjoying time to 2021 first-round choose Travis Etienne.
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Rodgers has received back-to-back MVPs, however successful the award once more this season may very well be way more troublesome after the Packers misplaced their prime two wideouts. While more likely to nonetheless be very productive, Rodgers’ draft worth may very well be too hefty given the dangers of recent faces and rookies as his weapons.
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Samuel was every part for the 49ers offense final season, ending the common season with 136 touches and 18.2 yards per reception. Relying on a repeat may very well be very troublesome, as Samuel has a protracted historical past in each school and the NFL, plus a rookie quarterback in Trey Lance.
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DeVonta Smith, WR, Eagles
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Smith’s expertise is evident, however his scenario was made way more troublesome by the addition of A.J. Brown. The former Heisman Trophy winner is now not the prime receiver on his group, and that particularly creates an issue in a run-heavy offense.
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St. Brown had a terrific rookie season with 90 catches for 912 yards and 5 scores. The expertise is evident, nevertheless it must also be talked about that Detroit did not have many viable choices at receiver final season. That’s modified in the offseason after the group signed D.J. Chark and drafted Jameson Williams in the first spherical.
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Tannehill has not often been employed as a fantasy starter, however he now runs the threat of being unrosterable. The group traded celebrity A.J. Brown and will lean on the run much more than in current seasons.
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Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
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Thomas had a historic 2019 season, however he is missed the majority of the final two years. The Saints have their fingers crossed that Thomas is lastly wholesome, however they’ve additionally added Jarvis Landry and Chris Olave in the offseason. With Drew Brees additionally lengthy gone, choosing Thomas in the prime 100 comes with main threat.